As a uniquely secular Muslim country, Turkey is an experimental subject for the West. But it also has strong potential and is indispensable for the political and economic stability in the Middle East and the Caucasus region. Understandably, then, developments in Turkey are crucially important for the U.S., EU, Israel and other allies. Turkey's characteristic of having both Eastern and Western identities, and its ability to communicate with both cultural and political geographies at the same time, underline its importance as an ally that should not be lost.
After the 1990s, the world witnessed a shift in power away from the previously regnant bi-polar global dynamics formed mainly by the U.S. and the USSR. Now, 20 years later, the 21st century is marked by different forces of "merits" and motivations in a conflict taking place on a more intricate scale. Will the world consolidate its development and the new status-quo through weapon and oil companies? Or will information and the service and agriculture sectors, which require global peace, achieve a greater influence? Which school will the financial market choose for itself as a field of operation?
At this point, from which perspective could the security of Israel be provided? Will the model based on controllable sectarian conflicts and pro-coup states continue to prevail? Or could the foundations of a new law be laid especially in the Middle East? It is not possible to interpret Turkish-Western relations independently from this issue. The power alliance that wishes to maintain the strategies of the 20th century into the 21st century may regard as a threat Turkey's intervention in the Palestine issue, its humanitarian opposition to the catastrophic events in Syria and Egypt, and its efforts toward peace with the Kurds, non-Muslims and Alevis in the country. This is because such a country can easily gain its independence, grow stronger and become an enticing example of success for the grief-stricken peoples of the Middle East.
This situation might explain why Turkey has been targeted with an unjust campaign conducted by Western media outlets and lobbying activities for the last few years. The campaign misleadingly suggested that Turkey's democracy was at stake, while the country was actually taking the most radical democratic steps in its history. In fact, such reactions were the result of nothing more than perceiving this process and its outcome as a threat.
However, for the other "West," such a Turkey is actually a great opportunity to resolve their integration issues with immigrants, the radicalism threat in the world, and to guarantee security in Israel in the most reasonable way by peacefully resolving the problems in the Middle East. Thanks to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), Turkey has created the healthiest model possible with which to permeate Islam with the West by evolving from jacobin secularity into democratic secularity. Instead of hoping for help from sectarian conflicts, setting up a Turkish-type democracy as a model for Islamic countries can enable a much more permanent humanistic and social order in numerous aspects. Such a development would favor everyone, except weapons companies, of course.
The reconciliation process, which is nearing a positive conclusion, and aims at the outlawed PKK's disarmament and integration in politics, has been barely supported by the West, a fact that demonstrates which school dominates the media. As Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu indicated, the disarmament call made in agreement with PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan and the Turkish state on Feb. 28 was a historic turning point, but the world ignored it for some reason.
However, it is not a realistic strategy to form a tutelage relation with Turkey and hope to maintain it in its former role as an ally. While resolving its most critical and violent problems through democratic means, Turkey also follows a peaceful line in its foreign policies. The country has saved the lives of 2 million Syrian and Iraqi refugees regardless of their ethnicity or religion. Turkey also prevented the fall of Kobani by providing armed peshmerga forces with a transfer line located in its own territories. In fact, this contradiction of political choice regarding Turkey, reflects the conflict on which model the West will adopt. We hope that peace will win in the end.